Temple Beth Zion in Brookline
1566 Beacon Street
Program sponsored by a grant from the Leifer Family Fund.
Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. Yossi is the author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, a heartfelt plea for peace and new dialogue based on common ground in faith, published by HarperCollins in May 2018 coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. The book is a New York Times non-fiction bestseller and tops several Amazon bestselling lists. Yossi has been active in Middle East reconciliation work, and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab Israeli-Jewish Israeli center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv. Yossi was one of the founders of the now-defunct Israeli-Palestinian Media Forum, which brought together Israeli and Palestinian journalists.
Walid Issa is an American Palestinian born and raised in Palestine, a trained economist and a passionate storyteller. After earning his BA in Economics, Walid Co-founded Shades Program on Negotiation, and helped connect Palestinian businesses and faith leaders to the State of Minnesota. After earning his MS in Applied economics, Walid joined a Minnesota based government affairs and consultancy firm where he advised local , national and international clients including Palestinian businessmen, companies and NGOs. More recently, he worked as an Investor Relations Director at Siraj Investment Fund Management Company, the first Palestinian private equity fund. Walid serves on the board of several respected American and Middle Eastern organizations.